I can only review the onsen (hot spring) bath section and I did not stay at the ryokan. Nonetheless, I found the staff of the resort to be very helpful even when I bought my ticket for the bath. The resort is located up the main street from the Kurama train station, with a regular shuttle between the station and the resort. I chose to walk to the resort because Kurama was such a charming village, perhaps even more so in the winter, and although it was uphill it wasn't really that long of a walk. The bath itself is clean, with shower and restroom areas, and has very nice views of the surrounding mountains with (when I was there) snow-covered cedar trees. Although people with tattoos traditionally cannot enter baths like these in Japan, I noticed several male visitors with tattoos while I was there, so I imagine that this rule might not be strictly enforced. The price for visiting the onsen was a bit steep for non-hotel guests (1100 yen at the time), but I stayed for a good 2 hours and felt incredibly refreshed upon exiting the bath.
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